History-Making Space Voyager to Speak at UT Dallas
Chairman of Plano Firm Took Privately Funded Trip to Space Station in 2006
Aug. 14, 2008
The first woman to embark on a privately funded voyage into space will speak at UT Dallas on Aug. 22 as a guest of the Texas Astronomical Society.
The talk is part of the group’s monthly meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Founders North building.
In 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines after flying to the International Space Station under a deal with the Russian Federal Space Agency. She is the fourth private space explorer and the first female private space explorer.
Anousheh is co-founder and chairman of Plano-based Prodea Systems Inc., a digital multimedia and home technology company.
To help drive commercialization of the space industry, Anousheh and her family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks.
She was previously chairman and CEO of Telecom Technologies Inc. The company, which she also co-founded, merged with Sonus Networks Inc. in 2000.
Anousheh immigrated to the United States from Iran as a teenager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.
Texas Astronomical Society meetings are sponsored by the UT Dallas Physics Department.